Non­profit sues book­keeper over $7M

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - BUSINESS - Star-Ad­ver­tiser staff

A Honolulu non­profit is su­ing its long­time book­keeper, claim­ing she em­bez­zled nearly $7 mil­lion. The Arc in Hawaii, which pro­vides ser­vices to chil­dren and adults with in­tel­lec­tual and de­vel­op­men­tal dis­abil­i­ties, filed suit Mon­day against Lola Jean Amorin, its book­keeper for 30 years, and her hus­band, Al­bert.

An Oahu grand jury re­turned an in­dict­ment in Septem­ber charg­ing Amorin, 69, with mul­ti­ple counts of theft, money laun­der­ing and com­puter fraud. At that time Deputy Pros­e­cu­tor Chris Van Marter said he could prove that Amorin stole $5,777,147 from the or­ga­ni­za­tion be­tween De­cem­ber 2006 and March of this year.

Ear­lier this month Van Marter went back to the grand jury, which re­turned a new in­dict­ment that added more charges, in­clud­ing for tax eva­sion, against Amorin and her hus­band. It also ac­cuses Amorin of steal­ing $6,969,165 from The Arc be­tween 1998 and this year.

When of­fi­cials from the or­ga­ni­za­tion con­fronted Amorin dur­ing a fi­nan­cial au­dit in March, she ad­mit­ted she stole the money and even signed a hand­writ­ten con­fes­sion, ac­cord­ing to the law­suit. “It’s all me, ev­ery­thing the au­di­tors are look­ing for. … It’s all me. … I took the money,” she said, the suit al­leges.

At the time, The Arc was un­der­go­ing an an­nual au­dit that had turned up dis­crep­an­cies be­tween what was listed in the gen­eral ledger and pay­ments made to HEMIC, the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s work­ers’ com­pen­sa­tion in­sur­ance provider. Amorin re­mains in cus­tody at Oahu Com­mu­nity Cor­rec­tional Cen­ter un­able to post $3 mil­lion bail. Her crim­i­nal de­fense lawyer, Scott Collins, could not be reached for com­ment.

Dilbert >> By Scott Adams

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